Tuesday, October 27, 2009

PLN 18

The article “Vail Resorts’ sale of season passes up” by The Denver Post is important because it shows that we are coming out of our bad economy. According to this article, the number of season passes sold from last year went up by 14%. This matters to me because if people are buying season passes it means that people are making more money which means that our economy is getting better. This matters to the world because if our economy is good it means that we can be a more competitive country. This matters to education because if more kids have season passes there will be more absences because of ski trips. Overall this article has a good affect because with more people buying things she better the economy gets.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

PLN 17

“Larimer sheriff: Balloon boy's mother admitted hoax” by Mike McPhee matters because the incident was planned. The article states that, “The mother, Mayumi Heene, told authorities that she and her husband knew all along that their son Falcon was hiding in family's Fort Collins home and was not in the balloon as it crossed three counties and landed in a field near Denver International Airport.” Mayumi Heene goes on to say, “The hoax was designed to make the family more marketable to the media, including television reality shows. She also said the flying saucer-shaped balloon had been made specifically for the hoax.” then Richard Heene’s lawyer, David Lane, tries to cover it up by saying that, “her English is not that great” I think that the Heene family is crazy for doing all of this just for publicity.This article matters because I think the Heene’s are a crazy family and the parents should be punished, and it shows what people will do for fame. Now they will probably have to pay some serious fines. In conclusion the Heene family is crazy and should be punished for doing all this.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

PLN 16

“Winter weather coming tonight” by Howard Pankraz matters because it will be one of the first main snow storm that we will have this year. This article tells about how snow is expected tonight! This story matters to me because I find it exciting that we will get snow, but also sad to say good by to the long warm nights of summer. This matters to education because in some areas schools could be canceled or delayed. This matters to the world because the mountains will also get hit with snow which means more people from around the world will go skiing in the mountains.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

PLN 15

The article “Our Googley advice to students: Major in learning” matters because all the traits that google uses to run it’s company we can use to run our life. Like google we need to use analytical reasoning, have good communication skills, a willingness to experiment, be a team player, and have passion and leadership in everything we do. This article connects to “Do You Know” by Karl Fisch, “2020” by Karl Fisch, “The Machines Are Us/ing” by Dr. Wesch, and “A vision of Students today” by Dr. Wesch because we have to adapt to the growing technological world. This article matters to me, the world, and education because we can use these traits in our lives today.

PLN 14

In the article “Rigor Redefined” by Tony Wagner matters because schools are not preparing their students for tomorrow. According to Rigor’s studies “fewer than 1 in 20 classes were engaged in instruction designed to teach students to think instead of merely drilling for the test.” Today most teachers are focusing on teaching students what will be on their next exam instead of teaching them “the seven survival skills” Rigor states “It is not a checklist of teacher behaviors and a model lesson that covers content standards. It is working with colleagues to ensure that all students master the skills they need to succeed as lifelong learners, workers, and citizens. I have yet to talk to a recent graduate, college teacher, community leader, or business leader who said that not knowing enough academic content was a problem. In my interviews, everyone stressed the importance of critical thinking, communication skills, and collaboration.” This article reminds me of "Do You Know” by Karl Fisch because the world is becoming more competitive and if our teachers are not preparing us then we will loose our jobs to more qualified foreigners. This means that academics is not a problem, but critical thinking, communication skills, and collaboration is. This matters to me, education, and the world because teachers are not preparing their students for the future and how to survive in the future.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

PLN 13

For me I disagree with the study headed by Virginia Berninger about whether kids write better with paper and pen or typing. I know for me I like to type on a computer. Since I write left handed when I write my hand rubs over the words I just wrote and is smeared on my hand and on the paper. Because of this the bottom of my hand turns black and my writing is smeared. Also when using a computer to write I can easily delete words without scribbling or using my eraser. When using a computer to type you can use spell check and proof read with ease. With writing on a computer you do not have to worry about a teacher giving you a zero on a paper because they couldn’t read your handwriting. In conclusion I do not agree with the article “The Pen Might be Mightier Than the Keyboard” by Joel Schwarz because I like typing better.

Monday, October 5, 2009

PLN 12

Will Richardson’s article “Footprints in the Digital Age” matters greatly because almost everyone has a digital footprint that we can all learn from. Digital Footprints are “the online portfolios of who we are, what we do, and by association, what we know—are becoming increasingly woven into the fabric of almost every aspect of our lives.” Will Richardson. Digital Footprints matter to me because I have one and all the information that I post will be there for a very long time. As Stanford researcher Danah Boyd puts it “we are discovering the potentials and pitfalls of this new public space. What we say today in our blogs and videos will persist long into the future and not simply end up in the paper recycling bin when we clean out our desks at the end of the year. “ This matters to education because according to Will Richardson 70% of youth who are online are talking about school related subjects and are learning from the internet and other peoples digital footprints. This matters to the world because people around the world have digital footprints and are communicating through the internet. People are using the internet more and reading others digital footprints. For example according to Dr. Wesch’s video “A Vision of Students Today” students read and learn from over 2300 web pages and 1281 Facebook pages which are other peoples digital footprints. In todays wold digital footprints matter greatly because everyone has a digital footprint that we can learn from.